The version of "Everything Is Awesome" featured in The Lego Movie scene, official trailer, TV spots, video game, and featurette was produced by Bartholomew and performed by Joshua Bartholomew and Lisa Harriton under the name Jo Li.
We want to be a "serious" musical band, while also being funny people, but this was so adorable, and the movie looked great, and the opportunity to do something with Mark Mothersbaugh and the Lonely Island ... it was sort of a no-brainer, and it's turned out to be this really cool moment. We feel like it was a win-win.
In an interview to Fox News, Mark Mothersbaugh says the song "was supposed to be like mind control early in the film. It's totally irritating, this kind of mindless mantra to get people up and working."
"Everything is Awesome" debuted at No. 7 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, with 34,000 downloads in its first week (Nielsen SoundScan) and 11 on the Irish Charts. It also charted 35 on the Canadian Hot 100 The song charted 17 on the UK Charts and charted 3 on the UK Indie. In the US Billboard Hot 100, the song charted 57. As of June 2014, the single had sold 418,000 copies in the United States.
International Business Times described the song as a parody of creeping fascism, saying that the song "seems little more than an infectiously catchy parody of watered-down radio pop, right down to the faux-dubstep breakdown. There’s a lot more happening under the surface, however."
As one of the songs nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 Oscars, "Everything is Awesome" was performed as a large-scale musical number featuring not only Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island, but also on-stage appearances by Mothersbaugh (paying homage to his 1970s group Devo by wearing a LEGO version of the distinctive Devo hat), DJ Questlove, and comic actor Will Arnett dressed as Batman (in the film, Arnett provides the voice of Lego Batman and sings the mocking heavy metal composition "Untitled Self Portrait", an excerpt of which was incorporated into the "Everything Is Awesome" performance). According to LEGO Movie co-director Christopher Miller, for this on-stage appearance, Arnett wore the Batman costume originally worn by Val Kilmer in the 1995 film Batman Forever. Arnett also lip-synced to the song on the Reality TV Show Lip Sync Battle, while dressed as Emmett, the character played by Chris Pratt in The Lego Movie.
^Shawn Patterson (February 14, 2014). Everything Is Awesome - Shawn Patterson (Unplugged) surprise performance(HD) (Motion). Warner Bros.Pictures: Warner Bros. Pictures/Ryan Halpern. Event occurs at 0:11. Retrieved January 12, 2015. Shawn Patterson, who wrote the music and lyrics for the hit song from The Lego Movie "Everything Is Awesome", surprises a crowd of WB employees with his unplugged rendition of the song at a conference room celebration.